Origin of rinsing
- to wash lightly, as by pouring water into or over or by dipping in water: to rinse a cup.
- to douse or drench in clean water as a final stage in washing.
- to remove (soap, dirt, etc.) by such a process (often followed by off).
- to use a rinse on (the hair).
- an act or instance of rinsing.
- the water used for rinsing.
- any preparation that may be used on the hair after washing, especially to tint or condition the hair.
- an act or instance of using such a preparation on the hair.
Origin of rinse
Examples from the Web for rinsing
His wife, Colleen, had been rinsing plates at the sink and putting them in the dishwasher.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
I was rinsing vegetables for my supper, and I turned from the sink to reach for a towel, and I saw Dorothy.This Week’s Hot Reads: March 30, 2012
April 2, 2012
The mere Gabet, now free of her rheumatism, was able to help in the soaping and rinsing.The Dream
Which of them, if any, would it have been well to put in the rinsing water?Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
It will then be possible to mop up a little more of the rinsing liquid.On Laboratory Arts
The rinsing now takes place by either a shower or pail pour.The Mother and Her Child
William S. Sadler
It is then taken out, and after rinsing is ready for the “weighting” operations.Textiles
William H. Dooley
- to remove soap from (clothes, etc) by applying clean water in the final stage in washing
- to wash lightly, esp without using soapto rinse one's hands
- to give a light tint to (hair)
- the act or an instance of rinsing
- hairdressing a liquid preparation put on the hair when wet to give a tint to ita blue rinse
Word Origin and History for rinsing
c.1300 "subject to light washing; wash with water only" (mid-13c. in surname Rinsfet), from Old French reincier (transitive) "to wash, cleanse" (12c., Modern French rincer), probably dissimilated from recincier, from Vulgar Latin *recentiare "to make fresh, to wash, cleanse with water," from Late Latin recentare "to make fresh," from Latin recens "new, fresh" (see recent). OED says similarity in form and sense with Old Norse hreinsa is "prob[ably] accidental." Meaning "wash a second time to remove remaining impurities, soap, etc." is from 1520s. Related: Rinsed; rinsing.
1837, from rinse (v.). As a hair treatment, by 1928.